I came up with this recipe after reading an article about protein deficiency written by a vegan runner friend. However rare it may be, my daughters dance several hours a week and I noticed that one of them seem to be more tired than normal (a sign of low protein). I wanted to make sure she was getting enough. So I give my girls a smoothie like this one on days when I know they will be getting a lot of exercise or if we have had a low protein week.
I took several pictures of this smoothie and not ONE looks as good as it tastes. The color is a brown green so it just doesn't look pretty. :(
However, It is so ridiculously delicious! My kids LOVE it, and I LOVE that they are getting a quick protein packed snack before or after sports or other exercise.
2 cups Rice Milk (or any milk alternative)
3 Tbsp peanut butter
3 Tbsp Cocoa powder (I use Joel Fuhrmans, just make sure it real)
2 Tbsp (heaping) of chocolate Rice Protein Powder- found at any health food store or quality grocery store.
2 Tbsp flax seeds
3 or more larger handfuls of spinach
3 cups ice
Blend in a high powered blender until smooth. Serve immediately. This recipe makes about 6 one cup servings. Each with about 7-8 grams of protein.